United Nations World Food Programme in Cuba (Summer 2019)

WFP has been an active player in Cuba since 1963, when the first emergency operation was launched to assist the people affected by hurricane Flora. Throughout the following decades, WFP’s support to the government has been two-fold: strengthening food security and nutrition, as well as enhancing disaster management capacities.

With the aim to bolster the government’s efforts in updating its economic model and social programmes, WFP is currently implementing its first Country Programme for Cuba, covering the period 2015-2018. The objective is to strengthen the social protection safety nets for the vulnerable population making them more efficient and sustainable by fostering links with the agricultural production system and increasing preparedness and resilience towards natural disasters. Hence, the Country Programme comprises three interlinked components: i) support food security and nutrition-related social protection programmes; ii) strengthen links between social protection systems and agricultural value chains; and iii) increase community resilience, disaster risk management and climate change adaptation capacities at the local level.


  • Must be a McGill full-time undergraduate or graduate student returning to their current registered faculty in fall 2019.
  • Must possess language proficiency in English and Spanish.

The host organization is currently recruiting one McGill intern for summer 2019.

Download the internship posting: PDF icon UNWFP Cuba - Summer 2019 [.pdf]

Carefully read application instructions before submitting your documents. Completed applications should be submitted via email to ion [at] mcgill.ca

Please note: If you are applying to a second degree at McGill and waiting for a response, you must hold a confirmation of acceptance by the application deadline and include it with your application material.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications closed for 2019.

SELECTION: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted, within two weeks of application deadline. Please do not email to inquire about the status of your application. Shortlisted candidates will be required to provide a full commitment to the internship selection process by the UNWFP and waive any other internship opportunity at this time.

A formal acceptance of an ION internship is a final decision, and under no circumstances (unless health or family-related) can a student withdraw from the internship after accepting. The consequence of this would be refusal of candidature for future ION internship opportunities. Please remember, revoking a spot in one of the organizations means also revoking it from another student who might have had the opportunity to take it.

Successful candidates may be eligible for an award from McGill University valued at $4,000-$6,000.

Successful candidates are required to attend the following sessions:

  • Cross-Cultural Workshop
  • Interns Responsibilities and Guidelines
  • University-Wide Pre-Departure Session
  • Internship Workshop: Success in a Professional Environment
  • Reception for Awards Recipients
  • Internship Debriefing Session (September)